Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council Enterprise Week

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Monday 13 November


FE McWilliam Gallery, 200 Newry Rd, Banbridge BT32 3NB

6.00pm – 8.00pm

Ever wanted to start your own business? Perhaps you’ve already taken the first steps and are wondering what next? Look no further than the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio which is hosting an evening with some of the Borough’s most successful entrepreneurs.

They’ll be on hand to share the experiences and lessons learned along the way. Enterprise NI and the Federation of Small Business will also be available to offer practical help and advice.

This informal evening is an opportunity to tap into the collective wisdom of those who have enjoyed (and endured!) the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur – so come prepared to quiz our entrepreneurs; no question too big or small!

Tuesday 14 November


Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Scarva Road Industrial Estate, Banbridge, BT32 3QD

6.30pm – 10.00pm

Are you at school or college and unsure about future career choices? Or maybe you’re a budding young entrepreneur with a flair for business? ‘A Night of Ambition’ hosted by YouthBank Banbridge could be the event for you during Enterprise Week.

This is an interactive evening for young people to engage with Council representatives and traders. We’ll be debating how we can make the Borough the most enterprising place in Northern Ireland and explore if being an entrepreneur is for you. We want to hear your views, so lively discussion is guaranteed, along with invaluable advice and support. This could be the night your ambitions take off.

Wednesday 15 November


Mayes Hall, Craigavon Civic Centre, 66 Lakeview Rd, Craigavon, BT64 1AL

12.00pm – 2.15pm

The Mayes Hall will play host to this exciting business support event - a one-stop advice shop for businesses and entrepreneurs. A wide group of business leaders and support providers will be on hand to provide advice on a range of relevant topics including exporting, energy costs, funding and cross-border issues. The format is modelled on speed dating, so when you hear the bell ring, simply move from one adviser to the next and take advantage of the comprehensive and expert business advice available to you under one roof.

One to one ten minutes sessions will be available with:

Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank’s local Business Development Managers Derick Wilson, James Fox and Paul Reid will be on hand to answer questions regarding financial queries such as funding a start-up, how to grow your business, finance equipment or plant and how to manage your finances online.


Tracy Rice, Manager of the SRC Portadown Campus will offer practical support and access to funding to help businesses to innovate and grow. Support can take the form of bespoke mentoring and R&D to develop a new product/service/process within your business (from idea right through to reality). You will also be advised on tailored training to meet the needs of your business – to upskill business owners and staff to help them become more efficient, more competitive and grow.

The NI Family Business Forum (from Harbinson Mulholland Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers)

Harbinson Mulholland Chartered Accountants set up the NI Family Business Forum just over a year ago as a hub for family firms to connect with each other. The forum was born from a recognition that whilst all businesses share common pressures around cash flow, processes and staffing; family businesses have the added dynamic of living these pressures alongside their family members! Darren McDowell, partner at Harbinson Mulholland and Chair of the Forum will be available to help with advice on financing and growing your business and balancing commercial aspects with family dynamics.

Invest NI

David Bradshaw, Invest NI, will be advising customers on how Invest NI can support and develop their businesses. In the event that they cannot, he will point customers in the direction of other providers of support.

The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week. What does the Enterprise programme offer?

Free 4 day Enterprise Course covering business start-up, marketing, selling, finance and business planning support. Test marketing grants of up to £250. Potential start-up loan funding up to £5,000* Small start-up business grants in special circumstances. Up to 2 years support from a volunteer business mentor

*conditions apply

The Carbon Trust

A 0% APR Energy Efficiency Loan from the Carbon Trust can support your investment in more energy efficient equipment to enable you to reduce your energy use and cut costs. Access up to £400,000 today.


Tughans, one of the largest commercial law firms in Northern Ireland, regularly advises entrepreneurs and early stage companies. Solicitors from the Corporate and Contracts & Technology teams within Tughans will be available to answer questions relating to issues commonly faced in the early stages of launching and growing a business, including business structuring, sources of funding, intellectual property and managing liability (through incorporation, contracts and insurance) etc. For guidance in relation to starting a new business, please see

The Consumer Council

The Consumer Council provide free help and advice to businesses who want to make savings on their water, energy or postal bills.

Bring along your water bill for immediate savings, you could save £500 a year and receive a £3000 rebate. Learn how to save on your postage costs and get advice on getting the best energy deal for your business. You can ask us about Consumer Rights legislation and how to comply.


InterTradeIrelandcan help them identify new sales opportunities in the opposite jurisdiction, how to get better at winning public sector tenders, how to plan for Brexit, how to explore different sources of funding and how we help you improve your systems and processes

To book your slot please contact

Thursday 16 November


Market Place Theatre, 9 Market St, Armagh BT61 7BW

6.00pm – 9.00pm

How can Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon become a centre of excellence for entrepreneurship, innovation and investment?

This will be the question asked of our guest speakers and audience at this keynote event hosted by Jamie Delargy. A drinks reception will start proceedings before the Lord Mayor welcomes guest speakers and the audience to consider how we move forward as a thriving economy under the themes of ‘Inspire, Innovate and Invest’.

Industry leaders from the Borough who have embraced the ‘Three I’s’ to develop and grow, will deliver unique insights into the challenges and opportunities they have encountered as local businesses. This will be followed by a panel session where guest speakers and the audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

The evening will close with a special musical performance.

Friday 17 November


i² CIDO Innovation Centre, 73 Charlestown Rd, Portadown, Craigavon BT63 5PP

8.00am – 9.30am

On Friday morning, attention will turn to Innovation when businesses will have the opportunity to network over breakfast and learn how to benefit from innovation and change. Some of our local innovators will describe how they have embraced change within their businesses. This will be followed by the launch of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Digital Economy Strategy.

Guests will have a chance to top up their tea and take part in a Q & A session with the panel of speakers.

Saturday 18 November


Banbridge Town Centre

12.00pm – 4.00pm

There will be a buzz about Banbridge town on the afternoon of Saturday 16th November as YouthBank Banbridge sets up shop with its Teenage Market.

It’s one thing to have a business idea, but quite another to put it into practice and generate funding for local good causes! Young people across the Borough will be putting their commercial skills to the test by organising a pop-up market with an array of sights and stalls that would put Lord Sugar’s apprentices to shame!

Come along for a chance to support our emerging entrepreneurs and pick up some unique locally made Christmas stocking fillers at the same time.

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